Joining the choir

We are an auditioned choir and hold auditions for prospective members at the start of each term (September, January and April) and throughout the term for future dates.

If you are interested in trying out please send an email with your name, voice part and a short outline of your singing and choral experience. We will then contact you with the next available audition dates and let you know if there are vacancies in your voice part. If a voice part is full then we invite people to audition for the waiting list.

Auditions include sight reading, vocal exercises and we ask you to bring a short piece or extract that best demonstrates your range and voice technique. Our musical director, James Davey, will provide feedback during the audition, including vocal technique suggestions. Following the audition we will send you an email indicating whether or not you have been successful.

Continued membership is dependent on rehearsal attendance and passing our biannual auditions of all choir members.

Rehearsal Venue

Our rehearsal venue is the church of St Vedast alias Foster, 4 Foster Lane, EC2V 6HH. This Wren church is situated only a couple of minutes’ walk from St Paul’s Underground station. Other nearby stations are Bank, City Thameslink, Mansion House and Barbican. Buses: 4, 8, 25, 56, 76, 100, 172, 242, 521.

Rehearsal Times

Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings, 7.00 to 9.30 pm, with a short break. There are usually around ten rehearsals per term.

We hold a dress rehearsal on the afternoon of a weekend concert. In the case of a weekday concert, we have a short warm up session before the concert.

Concerts

The choir year is divided into three terms with one concert per term. Where possible, one of these concerts takes place out of town. In addition we take part in fund-raising events such as carol singing, and occasional workshops and choir exchanges.

Social Events

We try to have at least one event, usually a meal, each term, as well as a weekly visit to the pub after Tuesday rehearsals.

Cathedral Visits

Every other year, where possible, the choir visits a cathedral to sing the weekend services. Last year the Choir visited Winchester Cathedral and made such a good impression that we’ve been have been asked back next year!

Fee

The termly fee is £80, which covers all rehearsal expenses and contributes to the running costs. There are occasions when it is necessary to buy music or to contribute towards its hire.

Attendance

It is expected that all members will attend all rehearsals. If you miss more than three rehearsals in any term, singing in the concert will be at the conductor’s discretion.

If you are going to miss or be late for a rehearsal, please let the choir rep or other committee member know in advance.

If you are unable to sing in the concert, we would still encourage you to attend rehearsals until the final Tuesday before the concert.

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